August 13th, 2008
11:50 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama ad: McCain's Iraq policies harm the U.S. economy

New Obama ad says McCain’s Iraq policies contributed to economic woes.
New Obama ad says McCain’s Iraq policies contributed to economic woes.

(CNN) – Barack Obama’s campaign is releasing a new ad pointing to John McCain’s support for the Iraq war as one reason for the faltering state of the U.S. economy.

“Economics … by John McCain,” says the announcer in the 30-second spot. “Support George Bush 95 percent of the time. Keep spending ten billion dollars a month for the war in Iraq while the Iraqis sell oil for record prices - giving Iraq a $79 billion oil surplus, and hurting our economy.

“Barack Obama’s plan: End the war responsibly. Better schools. No more tax breaks for oil companies. Barack Obama … the Middle Class first.”

The campaign said the ad is slated to hit the airwaves Thursday in 16 battleground states, including Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

UPDATE:
“In the Senate, Barack Obama has voted in lockstep with President George W. Bush nearly half the time, including the Bush-Cheney Energy bill which gave close to 3 billion dollars in new giveaways to Big Oil – a terrible policy that John McCain opposed," said McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds. "The truth is Barack Obama’s plan is a job killing machine that ignores the struggling economy and raises taxes on family savings, social security and small businesses.”

soundoff (187 Responses)
  1. bob

    I'm no campaign manager, but why is he spending good money trying to sway the votes of the 14 people who will actually cast a vote for Prez of the US based on sound economic policy? Besides, anyone who wants a sane economic policy isn't going to vote for a major party candidate anyway. He should concentrate on the things that really matter: Does he feel my pain? Has he cheated on his wife? How does he look with a flag draped around him? How much does he hate people that aren't like me? Everyone knows that's what really matters in a leader of the so-called free world.

    August 13, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. Lee-- Dallas, TX

    'I'm Barack Obama and I appove the truth.'

    – This ad is good and factual. The fact that it sticks to real issues and the facts is refreshing. Too bad I can't say that about most of McCain's ads.

    'I'm John McCain and I approve lies, fears, and smears.'– Lee

    August 13, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. Democrat for John McCain

    Obama, behave yourself. Do not distort things.McCain is better experienced than you to manage our economy. You want to raise taxes and make us bankrupt. You are a joke.

    August 13, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. Obama supporter:White, 60 year old woman

    Maybe CNN could do a story on the following:
    Nonpartisan group "Campaign Money Watch" released
    analysis that top advisors and fund raisres earned just under 1
    BILLION dollars through lobbying in the past decade.
    Officials from companies lobbied have given nearly 12 million
    dollars to the McCain campaign.

    August 13, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. JessicaElaine

    You'd think Tucker would be better at these responses by now. It almost incomprehensible. He's getting paid for this drivel?

    August 13, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. Sherry, Atlanta

    ABSOLUTELY TRUE. MCCAIN'S IRAQ POLICY HAS DONE SEVERE DAMAGE TO THE U.S. ECONOMY. . . JOBS EXPORTED TO CHINA / INORDER TO PAY FOR IRAQ WAR.

    MCCAIN & BUSH SOLD OUT AMERICA! ! !

    August 13, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. dave g, Minneapolis

    Obama's senate record is poor compared to what he says.
    And why should we gang up on the oil companies? why not aerospace companies or Ivy league endowment funds or any other successful business.

    It's interesting that Obama is so vocal about the U.S. using so much of the world's resources, but seemed unwilling to allow us to drill off-shore to develop OUR OWN resources. With hypocrisy like that, how can we expect him to give us a coherent plan.

    He voted for the war and is now saying that he shouldn't have!
    The Democrats AND the Republicans will give us more of the same. They voted for FISA and are actively taking away our freedoms.

    Barr '08!!!

    August 13, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. Joe Regis

    With McCain and the repubs we are drifting closer and closer towards WW III.

    If McCain is elected thing are going to be even more difficult.

    August 13, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. BJGT

    McCain will continue the failed policies of the Bush administration – the costs are too high and the damage to American families and the economy are too great.

    August 13, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. John Allen

    True, True and Agree. McCain is nothing but FAILED Bush-Cheney policies on JOB, ECONOMY, FORIEGN RELATIONS, WAR ON TERROR ...
    Only thing McCain & Bush knows is if you don't agree with their failed polices then you are NON-PATRIOT.

    August 13, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. CW4Barack

    So I guess because McSame has a "firm" stance on wanting to bomb the world and no retreat or surrender or compromise in anything...it's ok because he has a firm stance! But Obama is "weak" because he is willing to compromise and use diplomacy and intelligence for the good of all!

    Sorry I'd rather take the "weak" man than the man with the "firm" unwavering stance!

    August 13, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. LS

    Yeah, McCain is more experienced in making bad decisions and making sarcastic/negative comments, and Never addressing the real issues that Americans are facing each day, that's the only experience McCain has.

    Obama is going to roll up his sleeves and work hard to see that the American people are helped and the crisis in America eventually ends. It has to end, if not, it's going to be downhill for our kids future.

    August 13, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. cherrystrawberry

    lets try this again.

    first McCain says Obama wants to raise taxes on anyone making over 32K ...then he stated he meant 42K....NOW he is saying Obama will raise taxes on a family's SAVINGS. LOL. I dont know about you guys but I surely dont have 250,000.00 in any account. Heck, I think I am 1.53 overdrawn as I type. lol

    August 13, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    According to John McCain's daughter, Megan who wrote a childrens book, John McCain has no interest in the children he had with his first wife and neither is Cindy and their children, they aren't mentioned in Megan's book. How can this McCain be good for the country when his lack of family and moral values have only been proven good for him. Sounds like a dead beat dad to me.

    August 13, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. Lorna, NY

    Tucker Bounds is an IDIOT!

    August 13, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. Broad Street Buddy

    Half the time is not lock-step with anyone!! Tucker Bounds is an Idiot!!

    August 13, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. dormar

    Mccain = BUSH LIES ABOUT BO RECORD

    August 13, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. Brian

    And dis is why, dis is why, dis is why Barack is not and McCain is not!

    Obama '08!

    August 13, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  19. Greg, NY

    Democrat for John McCain August 13th, 2008 1:40 pm ET

    Obama, behave yourself. Do not distort things.McCain is better experienced than you to manage our economy. You want to raise taxes and make us bankrupt. You are a joke.

    If you were really ever a Democrat, you'd know that raising taxes is what they do. If you voted for Bill Clinton, guess what? He raised your taxes, which helped pay to stimulate the economy, which helped put more money in your bank.

    One thing though, if you check out Obama's tax plan you'd realize that he is only raising the taxes of the top 5% of the country, so if you make over $250,000 a year then you can complain, if not, then do some research thanks.

    August 13, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. CW4Barack

    The Georgia crisis and McCain's response is not a showing of a strong leader....it is more an indication of where McCain would take this country and his mentality! He is not at all interested in domestic affairs and how to help common Americans....he is only interested in war, starting them and continuing them....with anyone he can find who may or may not have had a grievance with the US in the past so that he may get his vengeance (Bush)...as long as it's our sons and daughters who are going to die to fullfill that vengeance. McCain doesn't care whether we have healthcare, jobs, education, or food....he just wants wars so he can show America's might...cus he never got the chance to do that in Vietnam...those bastards locked him up....but now he'll show them, he'll show the world!

    August 13, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. Denise

    I am so sick of the Obama flip flop. No to off shore drilling...maybe yes to off shore drilling...was against the Iraq war but voted along with Bush after we were in there....Mr Wonderful is nothing but a cheap salesman in a very expensive airplane. The only change I see is that he convince the blind that they can see.

    August 13, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    The economy is just one reason that McCain can't get elected but the main reason should be his penchant for armed conflicts and attempts at humiliating other countries and their leaders.

    Wars cost money and lives. Wounded troops and those who will have serious mental disabilities when they return cost money. Money going to these needless expenses leave domestic economies short changed and that's a fact anyone should be able to figure out.

    August 13, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. McCain:SmallWeakCowardlyMan OffersMoreOfTheSame TearsOthersDownToBuildHimselfUp

    FYI:

    The bill was the ONLY one that ever offered a hint of alternative energy funding and it also included incentives for recovery after Katrina.
    Tucker Bounds is the Dana Perino of the McCain't campaign and needs to check his facts.

    So now they'e lost their other "talking point" about Obama being a flaming liberal by "stating" he voted in lockstep with Bush 50%. If that was remotely true, I'd still take a 50% chance away from Bush than a 95% chance in his lap with McCain

    August 13, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. A NATION OF WHINERS for OBAMA

    THE SPENDING IN IRAQ IS KILLING OUR ECONOMY. &

    WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO, UNTIL WE STOP THE

    BLEEDING. ELECTING MORONS DOESN'T BENEFIT US.

    August 13, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  25. AMERICA FOR THE TRUTH

    OF COURSE THE WAR POLICIES HURT THIS ECONOMY. OUT NATIONAL DEBT ONLY WENT FROM 4.3 TRILLION TO 9.7 TRILLION UNDER THE REPUBLICANS. I CAN'T IMAGAINE WHAT WE PAY IN INTEREST. THIS REDUCTION IN GAS PRICES IS JUST ANOTHER ILLUSION TO MAKE THE REPUBLICANS LOOK GOOD BEFORE THE ELECTTION!

    August 13, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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